ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)—The Dallas Stars made good on their last chance for a road victory in November.
Marty Turco stopped 18 shots for the Stars, who hadn’t won on the road since beating Columbus on Oct. 25.
“This is something we needed, not just in the standings but for ourselves,” Guerin said.
The Stars moved into first place in the Pacific Division, one point ahead of Los Angeles.
The Wild are 1-4-1 in their last six games and have been held to one goal or fewer in five of their last seven games.
“I felt in some of those games we didn’t play well enough to score goals,” Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. “I feel tonight we played well enough to score goals.”
The Wild were held to just three shots in the third period as they worked for the tying goal.
“That might have been our best period of the year,” Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. “We were in the battle for every loose puck, and when you do that, you’re going to win a lot of them.”
The Stars sealed the win on Guerin’s empty-net goal—his 14th tally of the season, second-best in the NHL behind Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk who has 16.
Dallas took a 2-1 lead midway through the second period on rookie Mathias Tjarnqvist’s first NHL goal. Stars defenseman Trevor Daley carried the puck across the Minnesota blue line and set up in the right circle. As Tjarnqvist skated through the slot, he tipped Daley’s shot past goaltender Manny Fernandez for the go-ahead goal.
“When you get a chance like that, you’ve got to take advantage of it,” Daley said. “I made the easy play and put it to the net, and good things happen when you go to the net.”
Guerin’s power-play goal tied it a minute into the second period. With Wiemer in the penalty box, Mike Modano fed Guerin in the high slot for the goal.
“This is a good start,” Modano said. “The last few games have been goodefforts by everyone.”
Linesman Lyle Seitz left the game midway through the third period with a broken nose. He was struck by a stick as Wiemer and Dallas’ Jason Arnott collided along the boards. It’s the third time in the last month that Seitz has broken his nose in a game. … Guerin extended his point streak to five games. He has 18 points in his last 15 games. … Wiemer’s goal was his first with the Wild. Minnesota claimed him off waivers from the New York Islanders on Nov. 13. … Minnesota D Willie Mitchell will be out at least two more weeks with a sprained ligament in his left knee. Mitchell was injured on Nov. 20 atPhiladelphia.